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Excuse me, I'm making perfect sense, you're just not keeping up
From the "This Another Of Your Spooky-Do's Is It" file, #17: So, I've been going to this knitting group that meets near the ballpark for about a year now, and early on I decided that it would be a good part of (...read, pretty much the entirety) a Fitness Regime to hike the 4.5 miles home from it as often as weather permitted (and occasionally not, but the night I got soaked to my underpants is another story which I may tell after a few more years of therapy), since I've got a nice iPod to keep me company, right? It's an interesting enough trek, and I've seen bits of the city you miss from the window of a car, but the fact that I have to cross the river means that I basically have the choice of three bridges if I don't want to be walking along a riverside park at night. Therefore, I've gotten quite familiar with some little corners of neighborhoods.

About a month ago, I noticed something. Completely at random, out of a playlist three times longer than this actual walk, the iPod had picked the same song to play at the same corner by a little park near the bridge that it had chosen there the previous week. ("Womanizer", for the record -- do not ask me why I have anything by Britney Spears on this iPod, it amused me SHUT UP) Hm, that's interesting, I thought.

And then it happened again the next week.

It didn't happen the week after that, although I was half expecting it to by now. But just tonight, same corner by the little park.... there it was again. Now, this is absolutely random, I have added and removed things from the playlist in this length of time, I'll skip items I'm not particularly in the mood for at that instant, but while I do happen to know that it takes more or less 43:50 whichever way I go, 'cos I've got a certain radio-play file on said iPod that I've listened to on this trek a few times, there is absolutely no reason for the regular "get off your fat arse and take a walk already" playlist to have unrandomized itself like this... is there?

feeling: spooked

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atlanticat From: atlanticat Date: July 30th, 2009 12:21 pm (UTC) (permalink this entry)
That's like the low-level psychic field I have around my Windows Media Player. For awhile I was having it play a small selection of tunes in the morning, randomly, because I was trying to memorize some lyrics. For no apparent reason, I was able to tell which song would be playing next, for EVERY song. This happened for a few weeks. Either my mind had hit on the randomizer's pattern without telling me or it's haunted and reading the opening chords in my head....

I like Ozzy. Ozzy is good.
donia From: donia Date: August 1st, 2009 12:13 am (UTC) (permalink this entry)
If it makes you feel any better, I have the Britney Spears album that "Womanizer" is on. I find it hard to pass up music when it's uber-cheap even if I think it's horrid. I rationalize this by telling myself that I'm a historical music collector.
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